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I lost my Mom a year ago today.

Has it been that long?

It is kind of weird. When I am here at my place and I think about her, I think about the times she spent here at my office helping out after she retired and about our conversations on politics.  When I am in Baytown at my Dad’s, when I think about my Mom, I mostly think about the last year and a half of her life when she was suffering some. Oh, well.

Materialistically thinking, I miss her flour tortillas.   Nobody else’s tortillas compared to hers. Not even close. Nope!

Commentary was watching CNN last night and they were discussing separating families at the border and that blowhard Matt Schlapp said that President Reagan regretted signing the 1986 immigration bill that granted amnesty to around 3 million folks.   I wish someone would have told this fella that President Reagan didn’t feel that way.

Talk about forgotten. It was nice to see the Trib put out this piece today. It is kind of a historical reminder. Here is how the piece starts:

Early in her career, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas kept correcting supporters who congratulated her on being the second Texas woman — after Barbara Jordan — to get elected to Congress.

But she wasn’t the second. And Barbara Jordan was not the first.

Another woman nearly lost to Texas history broke that glass ceiling in 1966.

The late U.S. Rep. Lera Millard Thomas can’t be found in the Texas State History Museum. She’s missing from most Texas history textbooks. And on the rare occasion she’s referenced in newspaper clippings and historical records, she’s referred to as “Mrs. Albert Thomas” — hardly the usual title afforded former members of Congress.

But for decades in Texas politics, Lera Thomas both witnessed and made history. She knew presidents and House speakers. She came under enemy fire while on a trip to Vietnam. And she sat next to President John F. Kennedy on his last night alive.

Lera Thomas succeeded her late husband, U.S. Rep. Albert Thomas of Houston, finishing his term after winning a special election after his death and serving in Congress for nine months.

Here is the entire Trib piece: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/06/15/texas-first-woman-elected-congress-1966-lera-millard-thomas/.

Commentary wrote about Cong. Albert Thomas five years ago and here is my take from back then: https://camposcommunications.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/the-jfk-week-day-3/.

For the most part, we have forgotten the contributions from Cong. Thomas. He was a key figure in bringing NASA to H-Town.   I think we might still have a post office named after him. We used to have a traffic circle in Baytown called the Albert Thomas Traffic Circle. Now it is just an intersection.

H-Town used to have a convention center named after Cong. Thomas, then we built the George R. Brown. The Albert Thomas Convention Center was converted to Bayou Place and then to whatever it is called these days. There is a tiny replica of the office and desk of Cong. Thomas right around the corner from the AMC theaters downtown. That’s it.

Kind of a shame. Forgotten.

We are 20 games above .500 and finally back in first place by a half game in the AL West. We have won 8 in a row including all 7 roadies as we play a weekend series in KC.

Have a nice and safe Father’s Day weekend.

 

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Who was our last first round draft choice in the MLB draft to make it to the ‘Stros?

We won one yesterday! Here is from State Rep. Carol Alvarado:

Dear Friends,  

We can claim victory today as the State Board of Education (SBOE) voted to name Texas’ new high school Mexican American history course, “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies.”

The SBOE heard and responded affirmatively to the voices of Latino leaders from across the state who testified at yesterday’s board meeting.  This is a historic day for scholars, advocates, educators, and leaders who have put in their time and effort to finally make this course a reality.  I was proud to take part in this successful journey.

-Carol 

Rep. Alvarado certainly made compelling points that I laid out here the last couple of days.

The number of speakers who attended Tuesday’s hearing certainly made an impression.

I don’t think anyone got up to support the language that Latinos were speaking out against.

There really wasn’t a constituency for the proposed title that Latinos had a problem with.

In the end, it is probably good policy to allow us to name the studies program that is about us. Don’t you think?

Here is from Tony Diaz:

TX Democrats & Republicans Unite to Endorse Mexican American Studies!

Today the Texas State Board of Education made history by unanimously voting to endorse Mexican American Studies statewide! 

Texas becomes the first state in the nation to formally support Mexican American Studies via state board of education policy.

The course “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies” will pave the way for other Ethnic Studies courses, too. This has been the intent from day one.

Mexican American Studies will fine tune the process, the paperwork, and the curriculum and other aspects to then help create Ethnic Studies: African American Studies, Ethnic Studies: Native American Studies, and so on, and so on, and so on.

The TX SBOE also supported the curriculum developed by the Houston Independent School District titled “Special Topics – Social Studies – Mexican American Studies”. That too is an important pillar that helps all 1,200+ Texas school districts more practically implement the culturally relevant material. 

The issue was side-tracked due to a name change briefly imposed on the field of study. However, yesterday experts, students, community members and TX SBOE members engaged in deep and intelligent discussions during public testimony on the issue. And today, the TX SBOE members voted unanimously to redub and thus launch Mexican American Studies.  The final procedural vote is Friday.

There are so many people to thank. I’ll be doing that in subsequent email blasts, radio broadcasts and essays!

So many people have worked so hard on this for so long that it was important to get the news out first. 

We stand on the shoulders of generations of leaders and thinkers who came before us, and we were inspired and fueled by all the elected officials, scholars, activists, artists, students, community members, educators, and so many others who love this field, love education, and love our community. 

The year after Arizona overturns its ban of Mexican American Studies, Texas propels Mexican American Studies into classrooms. This truly is a renaissance.

Please join us to celebrate and spread MAS at the 3rd Annual Tejas Foco Summit.

More info and more celebrations to come. 

Long live Mexican American Studies.

—Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante

Here is from the Statesman:

Heeding the calls of scholars and activists who said a proposed name for a Mexican-American studies course was insulting, the State Board of Education tentatively approved changing the name Wednesday.

Instead of “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent,” the high school social studies elective course will be called “Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies” if given final approval by the board.

Although leaving “Ethnic Studies” in the title was proposed by board member Georgina Cecilia Pérez, a Democrat from El Paso, fellow Democrats took issue with it. They wanted the name of the course simply to be “Mexican American Studies,” but ultimately joined Republicans in the unanimous vote.

“Obviously, the fact that ‘Mexican American Studies’ is in the title is important,” said board member Ruben Cortez, D-Brownsville, adding that he hoped the board would strike “Ethnic Studies” from the title if activists protest its inclusion.

Pérez said she had proposed putting “Ethnic Studies” in the name because she wanted to set a precedent for other ethnic studies courses to be developed. Republicans on the board agreed.

“I hope we don’t lose sight over the furor of the name that we have passed a very strong course in Mexican-American studies,” said board member Marty Rowley, R-Amarillo.

The board in April voted to start developing a Mexican-American studies course but conservatives on the Republican-led, 15-member board feared that putting “Mexican American” in the title would promote divisiveness and un-American values. Many Democrats on the board decried the name as a form of discrimination.

Some of the Republican members on Wednesday said they felt more comfortable with adding “Mexican American” into the title after hearing from more than 40 Mexican-American scholars and activists during the board’s meeting Tuesday. Testifiers said the title approved in April didn’t reflect the identity of Mexican-Americans nor an established area of study.

Christopher Carmona, a professor and among those protesting the previous name, said he would have preferred the course title to exclude “Ethnic Studies” because the name doesn’t align with college course offerings, but said he was pleased with Wednesday’s vote.

Carmona said he and others will work to ensure that the board doesn’t make drastic changes to the curriculum standards.

On Wednesday, the board also approved adding to the “Mexican American Studies” curriculum that students must “discuss ways Americans interpret” citizenship.

“When you say ‘how Americans view citizenship’ rather than just talking about the different interpretations of citizenship, it creates an us versus them mentality, that Mexican-Americans are not considering themselves Americans,” Carmona said.

Texas would be among the first states to offer a Mexican-American studies course in public schools. The Tucson school district in Arizona has had such a program beginning in the 1990s, but it has undergone legal challenges that eliminated it for a time.

Here is the Trib story: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/06/13/mexican-american-studies-vote/.

Commentary enthusiastically supports this on Dem Super Delegates. Here is from Politico:

Under (DNC Chair Tom) Perez’s proposal, which appears to have the backing of a majority of DNC members, superdelegates would continue to exist but be barred from voting during the first round of the presidential roll-call vote. They could vote during the second round or any subsequent roll call, and superdelegates would still be permitted to support any candidate they want. Superdelegates would also be allowed to vote on any rules or platform issues.

Here is the entire story: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/13/democrats-superdelegates-congress-645134.

Apparently, some Dem member of Congress are whining. Well, keep whining. Super Delegates getting to choose is a bad system. It is not really true representation. Go get in line and be a regular delegate like the rest of the folks. Quit acting like an elite!

Alex Bregman of course was our first round (second overall) pick in 2015 and is now in the bigs.

We are still a half game behind the Mariners. I look at the bright side. We have 13 games remaining this season with the Mariners.

 

 

Bartolo Colon now has struck out 2,502 batters in his career, putting him tied for 33 on the all-time career strikeout list. How many MLB pitchers have 3,000 or more strikeouts?

A SBOE member took offense to so-called hyphenated Americanism so that is why he opposed the Mexican American Studies name.

State Rep. Carol Alvarado pointed out that the Texas GOP had used the term “Mexican American” before. She said according to the Governor Abbott’s website, if you want to do business with the State of Texas under the HUB program, one of the criteria was to be a “Hispanic American” business owner. Rep. Alvarado also pointed out that the U.S. Army’s website has a page devoted to “Hispanic-American Medal of Honor Recipients.”

Oh, the hypocrisy of the GOP!

Here is some of what State Rep. Carol Alvarado had to say at yesterday’s State Board of Education Meeting:

A few weeks ago, Board Member David Bradley said: “I find hyphenated Americanism to be divisive.”

A century ago former President Teddy Roosevelt said: “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.” And warned of “a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”

At around the same time then President Woodrow was a bit more colorful when he said: “Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic.”

America obviously did not pay heed to hyphenated Americanism destroying our great nation.

We are taught in our public schools that in 1960, we elected a president who was proud of his Irish American heritage and in 2008, we elected a president who embraced his African American culture.

Look at our own state government policy.

On the official website of our own Governor Abbott, there is a page on how to qualify for the Historically Underutilized Business Certification Program (HUB), and says:

“To obtain HUB certification, a business must be at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman and as a result of the recent legislative session now service-rendered disabled veterans are considered a minority for purposes of the HUB Program.”

 

This is from the independent non-profit Texas State Historical Association, that has been around since 1897: In 1965 Mexican Americans founded the Mexican-American Advisory Committee within the Republican Party of Texas.

And this from the same notation: Mexican American Republicans of Texas was organized in 1972 as an official auxiliary of the state Republican party to promote Mexican-American interests.

This state’s Republican Party promoted the Mexican American term and this assemblage of citizens over a half century ago.

Everyone in this room supports our military, right?

Visit the website of our U.S. Army and you will find a page titled: Hispanic-American Medal of Honor recipients

By the way, there are over 60 Hispanic-American Medal of Honor recipients.

Thank you, Rep. Alvarado.

Commentary doesn’t really know what to think about the following. Here is from the Chron:

When Houston ISD trustees meet in closed session on Thursday, they will have a major — and unexpected — item on their agenda: whether to appoint Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan as the district’s permanent leader.

It was a surprising addition to the board’s agenda, one that caught several trustees off-guard this week.

And this:

In interviews Tuesday, four trustees said they did not know why Lathan’s permanent appointment was on the agenda.

And this:

“In order to rebuild public trust and transparency, we do need to involve the public,” HISD Trustee Elizabeth Santos said. “Our constituents and employees deserve that.”

And this:

HISD Trustee Sergio Lira, who called the agenda item about Lathan “kind of surprising,” said he expected a superintendent search to gain steam later in the summer.

And finally, this:

Trustee Anne Sung echoed calls for more public discussion before moving to appoint Lathan.

“Unless I’m given a very strong reason otherwise, I think part of our responsibility is to do a national search,” Sung said.

Here is all of the article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-ISD-agenda-includes-discussion-of-making-12987880.php.

Commentary is inclined to be all in for a national search. On the other hand, who in their right mind would want to come to a school district that might be taken over by the state. Just saying. 

Nice move by #BetoForTexas. From the Chron:

El Paso congressman and Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke traveled to Texas’ border on Tuesday to witness firsthand the separation of families under the Trump administration.

In a video detailing his day in McAllen, O’Rourke said he met with a mother and her 7-year-old daughter in custody at one of the nation’s busiest border patrol stations.

“Within the next, perhaps, 24 hours they were going to be separated and I don’t know that [the] mother and her child knew that at the time,” O’Rourke said.

Here is the entire story: https://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Beto-O-Rourke-visits-immigrant-detention-12987603.php?ipid=hpctp.

And then there is this:

About the Event

Jimmy Kimmel will face off with Ted Cruz one on one this Saturday, 5:00PM at Texas Southern University! Tough questions will be asked, ring ball will be played, and Kimmel will interview Cruz live on the court. They’re playing for two charities – Generation One and Texas Children’s Hospital. All attendees are invited to donate to the cause of their choice using the links provided at http://www.kimmelvscruz.com. Come see Jimmy and Ted face off one-on-one to benefit a pair of great Houston charitable organizations!

Show your support for Jimmy by using the promo code #TEAMKIMMEL when you request your tickets. To show your support for Senator Cruz, use the promo code #TEAMCRUZ

Is this a Ted Cruz campaign event? You know, one of those tightly controlled events. Can anyone can attend? If it is open to anyone, feel free to head over there and ask Sen. Cruz about separating families.

In looking at the early results of the AL All Star team voting, it looks like Jose Altuve may be the only sure bet starter. Carlos Correa might have a shot. I need to see the next round of voting. I don’t think #SpringerDinger can crack the top three outfielders in Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge.

16 MLB pitchers of course have struck out 3,000 plus hitters.

We have now won 6 in a row. We have the best roadie record in MLB. We have the best run differential. We are 18 games above .500. But we are a half game behind the Mariners and trail the Red Sox and Yankees by 3.

#HyphenatedAmericanism

We have played 67 games and have only used five different starting pitchers. Name the only other MLB team to use five different starting pitchers this season?

Here is some of what State Rep. Carol Alvarado had to say at today’s State Board of Education Meeting:

A few weeks ago, Board Member David Bradley said:
“I find hyphenated Americanism to be divisive.”

 
A century ago former President Teddy Roosevelt said:
“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.”
And warned of “a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”

 
At around the same time then President Woodrow was a bit more colorful when he said:
“Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic.”

 
America obviously did not pay heed to hyphenated Americanism destroying our great nation.

 
We are taught in our public schools that in 1960, we elected a president who was proud of his Irish American heritage and in 2008, we elected a president who embraced his African American culture.

 
Look at our own state government policy.

 
On the official website of our own Governor Abbott, there is a page on how to qualify for the Historically Underutilized Business Certification Program (HUB), and says:

 
“To obtain HUB certification, a business must be at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman and as a result of the recent legislative session now service-rendered disabled veterans are considered a minority for purposes of the HUB Program.”

 

This is from the independent non-profit Texas State Historical Association, that has been around since 1897:
In 1965 Mexican Americans founded the Mexican-American Advisory Committee within the Republican Party of Texas.

 
And this from the same notation:
Mexican American Republicans of Texas was organized in 1972 as an official auxiliary of the state Republican party to promote Mexican-American interests.

 
This state’s Republican Party promoted the Mexican American term and this assemblage of citizens over a half century ago.

 
Everyone in this room supports our military, right?

 
Visit the website of our U.S. Army and you will find a page titled:
Hispanic-American Medal of Honor recipients

 
By the way, there are over 60 Hispanic-American Medal of Honor recipients.

 

And this:

I respectfully request that the Ethnic Studies course be renamed back to Mexican American Studies. Thank you.

Commentary doesn’t think much of Sen. Ted Cruz and neither should you. This is from the Dallas Morning News:

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents from children when they’re caught crossing the border illegally, saying that while such cases can be tragic, it’s “inevitable” when people violate U.S. law.

“There’s actually a court order that prevents keeping the kids with the parents when you put the parents in jail. So when you see reporters, when you see Democrats saying don’t separate kids from their parents, what they’re really saying is don’t arrest illegal aliens,” Cruz told KERA, the Dallas public radio station, in an interview that aired Monday afternoon.

Here is the entire article: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2018/06/11/ted-cruz-defends-family-separation-complaints-trump-border-crackdown-persist.

What do the rest of the GOP elected officials in these parts think?

I like GOP talking head Alice Stewart for the most part, she doesn’t operate with the GOP daily talking points and she doesn’t have her head up Donald Trump’s arse. But…, well, see this tweet:

Alice Stewart‏ @alicetweet

Liberal elites applaud foul-mouthed Meet the Fockers star and shame Twitter CEO for eating @ChickfilA #hypocrites

They are separating families! What part of this cruelty do you not get?

Meet the Fockers? How about “Godfather, Part II”, “Raging Bull”, “Taxi Driver”, “Cape Fear”, and “The Deer Hunter” and on and on. And on the Twitter fella, all I can say is no holds barred, baby! I also don’t consider myself a “liberal elite.” Liberal will do just fine.

BTW: Eat Chick-Fil-A at your own risk.

Now this is cool from the Texas Rangers:

Friday, June 29 vs. White Sox – 7:05 p.m.

Join us as we pay tribute to the Fab Four from Liverpool, England. Purchase through this special link and receive a Beatles themed Texas Rangers cap. Come early for a pre-game live performance from a Beatles tribute band on the west side of the ballpark, and then stay for a postgame fireworks show set to the Beatles hit songs.

And this tweet:

Texas Rangers‏Verified account @Rangers

Exclusive Beatles-themed Rangers caps

Globe Life Park becomes Abbey Road on 6/29!

Pregame Beatles tribute band concert

Postgame Beatles-themed fireworks 

The ‘Stros have done Star Wars, Faith Night, Bayou Bash, and Pinot in the Park. It is definitely time for Beatles at The Yard. I’d love a cool Beatles lid in the blue and orange.

The Rockies of course have played 65 games and have used five different starting pitchers.

We get back in action in Oakland this evening and are a half-game back.

Albert Pujols now is number 6 on the all-time career RBI list with 1,954. Name the 5 MLB players with more career RBIs?

Happy Birthday today to my sister Sylvia!

#BetoForTexas has visited all 254 Texas counties. I wonder how many Sen. Ted Cruz has visited?

From the you talking to me department, I don’t have a problem with Robert DeNiro’s remarks on Donald Trump. Someone has to stand up for the families that are being separated.

Texas GOP U.S. Senator John Cornyn sent out an email yesterday and this is how the email starts:

This week the Trump Administration turned 500 days old. Here are just a few of the things we’ve accomplished in those 500 days:

Sen. Cornyn goes on to list Tax Reform, Reducing Red Tape, Judicial Confirmations, CIA Director and Veterans.

He must have forgotten separating families at the border and DACA.

This is interesting. From the Chron:

Houston ISD trustees are expected to vote Thursday on whether to establish a district holiday in honor of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, two iconic labor activists who helped win greater rights for farm workers across the country.

The holiday would mirror Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, when districts across the region do not attend classes in remembrance of the civil rights leader.

HISD Trustee Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca, who brought forward the resolution to establish the holiday, said the district should recognize Chávez and Huerta for their pioneering work on behalf of Hispanics. About 62 percent of HISD’s roughly 214,000 students are Hispanic.

“We should definitely honor those who have come before us that really fought for freedom and doing what’s right,” Flynn Vilaseca said.

HISD opened César Chávez High School in southeast Houston in 2000.

Chávez and Huerta co-founded influential unions, including the United Farm Workers, that shaped employee relations in the 1960s and 1970s. Both continued to advocate for workers in the following decades, each receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Chávez died in 1993, while Huerta, at age 88, continues to advocate on behalf of low-income residents, Hispanics and women.

Fort Worth ISD enacted a similar holiday in April, when district trustees unanimously supported a resolution honoring Chávez and Huerta. California has enacted a state holiday in remembrance of Chávez, while several other states have established optional or commemorative holidays for Chávez. President Barack Obama declared a Cesar E. Chavez Day in 2014, but Congress has not made it a permanent federal holiday.

If approved, HISD’s holiday for Chávez and Huerta would be on the Monday that falls on or precedes March 31. It would start in 2020, as HISD already has established its 2018-19 academic calendar.

Flynn Vilaseca said she didn’t know whether HISD would add one day to its academic calendar or minutes to the school day to make up for lost instructional time.

You can probably count on some folks chiming in on this initiative.   I wonder if it matters to TEA?

There is a lengthy piece in the Chron today on the #TXCD7 race here: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Culberson-s-response-to-Harvey-under-political-12976009.php.

Hank Aaron has 2,297 career RBIs, Babe Ruth, 2,213, A-Rod, 2,086, Barry Bonds, 1,996, and Lou Gehrig, 1,995 of course.

We have won five in a row. We swept the four in Arlington. We have the day off.

Rangers Stand United

Anthony Bourdain is no longer with us. His shows on CNN on Sunday nights were always interesting, informative and entertaining. I learned a lot watching his programs. Very sad news.

Somebody had a better term. Commentary is talking about the thousands of folks Donald Trump claimed went out in their boats to watch Harvey approach. The Harvey sightseers. Here is from a Channel 13 story on the reaction to Trump:

Jeff Lindner with the Harris County Flood Control District tweeted, “With all due respect those storm watchers were actually citizens helping bring their fellow neighbors to safety. Most of them would do the exact same thing again, because that is what we do and what makes us #houstonstrong.”

State Representative Armando Walle shared photos of his neighborhood during the storm. He refutes the president by saying, “I’m sure glad some of those guys just ‘joy riding’ were there to help evacuate my kids. We waded through waist deep water to get to the small boat. Thank you to them.”

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez wrote on Twitter, “The president’s lack of basic understanding of the challenges we faced from Harvey is staggering. We are getting a taste of the frustration our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico must feel.”

Finally, a GOP reaction of sorts. This is from the Chron:

“The people who took their boats into the water during Harvey were not storm-watchers.  They were heroes who went toward danger to rescue friends, neighbors, strangers. Texans helping Texans in a time of desperate need,” said Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

Of course, he is on his way out, but still. It tells you something about the other local and state elected GOPers. They will let Trump disparage us all. Just think about that. More importantly, think about this as the election approaches.

This tweet got me:

FOX Business‏Verified account @FoxBusiness 27m27 minutes ago

@POTUS floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali https://fxn.ws/2kUsrAa

Why does The Greatest need a pardon?

The tape does exist. See this tweet:

FOX Business‏Verified account @FoxBusiness 18m18 minutes ago 

@POTUS on G7: “Russia should be in this meeting. Whether you like it or not and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run. G7 threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in.”

Trump says he is going to make the National Anthem an issue in this election. That is fine by me. This is from The Hill:

Overall, 58 percent said players who kneel during the anthem are not unpatriotic, compared to 35 percent who said they are, according to the poll.

A little bit of history:

Thirty-one years ago today, Fawn Hall became the most famous secretary in America. On June 8, 1987 Hall testified in the Iran-Contra hearings  to helping her boss Lt. Col. Oliver North (now a NRA big cheese) shred documents having to do with the affair, in which senior Reagan administration officials facilitated arm sales to Iran in order to fund the Nicaraguan contras.

Remember when Commentary said this last month about my high school, Ross Sterling High, in Baytown:

I went to Sterling as a freshman when it first opened and next month we are having a reunion for all the students who were part of that first group of students who attended that first year – the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. We didn’t have any seniors because they didn’t want the Lee High School students who were now zoned to Sterling to spend their final year in high school at another school – got it?

The reunion is this weekend. Some folks are showing up. Some never do. I like to go.

Our high school mascot is the Rangers and the first line of our school song is “Rangers stand united.” Now you know.

We won last night and picked up a game on the Red Sox.

With 99 games remaining, how many different starting pitchers have the ‘Stros used this season?

Those of us who have gone through numerous hurricanes over the years in these parts certainly know the pre-hurricane drill. Some of us head out of town. Some of us head to the grocery store and stock up on the essentials. Some of us sit in front of the flat screen watching the local news coverage knowing full well that the screen will soon go blank when we lose power. A few idiotic surfers head out to the beach to take advantage of the big waves. Nobody, I repeat nobody, hops into their boat and heads out to open water to watch the hurricane arrive. Nobody!

Here is the headline from Chron.com today:

Trump: Many Texans watched Harvey from their boats, requiring Coast Guard rescue

Here is from the Chron:

“Sixteen thousand people, many of them in Texas, for whatever reason that is. People went out in their boats to watch the hurricane,” (Donald) Trump said. “That didn’t work out too well.”

And this:

“I didn’t see anyone taking the approach that would reflect his comments,” (Harris County Sheriff Ed) Gonzalez said. “I’ll be sure to invite the president to ride out the next hurricane in a jon boat in Galveston Bay the next time one approaches,” he added.

No one could explain the president’s comment.

When asked by the Houston Chronicle to confirm if Texans were out on boats gawking at the storm, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he had “no information one way or another about that.”

Coast Guard Petty Officer Edward Wargo said: “I don’t know how we would go about confirming that,” when asked for evidence.

“I don’t even know how to respond to that,” said Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.

This is the lead front page story in today’s Chron folks!

When it comes to preparing for hurricanes, we are all pretty much on the same page. Well, with maybe the exception when Gov. Abbott warned us to evacuate when Harvey was headed this way.

Commentary gave up a while back on local and state GOP elected officials calling out Trump when he says outrageous dumbarse stuff. But heck, can’t they even muster up some courage to say he is wrong or mistaken on this? “No information one way or another about that” is such a BS response from Gov. Abbott.

It won’t surprise me if 25% of the country believe what Trump said since it is not being challenged by GOP state and local elected officials who know better.

That’s why nobody should dare challenge Commentary when I say don’t vote for any local GOPer this November. I guess they don’t want to risk upsetting Trump’s base. They would rather allow this BS statement to go unchecked. Nope! They don’t deserve your vote.  They would rather let Trump get away with creating this phantom hurricane boater image.  BS!

The ‘Stros have only used five different starting pitchers this season of course.  Last season we used eleven.

Here is where we need to make our move. We have the 4th best record in MLB and 5 ½ games behind the Red Sox, the team with the best record. We have 36 games before we reach the All Star break. 16 are roadies. 20 are at The Yard. 29 are against MLB clubs with records below .500. The other 7 are with an MLB club playing just 1 game about .500. We have to make our move as we start a 4 game series in Arlington this evening.